Major Victory for Dongria Kondh Adivasis Against Vedanta’s Mining Plans

Adivasi woman from the Kutia Kondh tribal group in Orissa

Jairam Ramesh, India’s Minister for Environment and Forests, has handed a major victory to campaigners working to protect the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa from planned bauxite mining by the British-registered company Vedanta. Activists in the region had faced violence and intimidation from police and armed gangs. The campaign, using which included Intellectual Satyagraha type methods supported by Amnesty International and Survival International, was entirely non-violent.

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